Month: November 2014


I wish I lived here: a monochrome home in Stockholm

This three bedroom apartment in Stockholm has been styled in three completely different ways by three different stylists. My personal fave is the moody, monochrome look seen here, created by stylist and writer Tina Hellberg. While Hans Blomquist opted for a dark, almost festive look, and Mikael Beckman a bright, blingy vibe, Tina has created a calming space using natural tones, accents of chocolate brown and modern Scandinavian furniture. I love the use of sharp, black lighting and Ray Eames’ Small Dot cushion (above and below) that seems to have inspired the whole scheme. Painting a wall half black is good idea too (see the desk space below), especially, if like me, you’re a bit cautious of using dark colours everywhere… Images: Fastighetsbyran


Introducing… Shedquarters

Followers of my Instagram might know that I fell in love with these lovely porcelain espresso cups from alissa + nienke (two designers who joined forces after having met at Design Academy Eindhoven) during my last trip to Amsterdam. They’re almost too good to use everyday. So, I was delighted  when I learnt that British homeware shop Shedquarters was selling them in the UK, partly just in case I wanted to add to my collection! Shedquarters is an online shop selling contemporary homeware and accessories that feature bold patterns, colours and textures. It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame last year from a shed. Here, they answer some of my burning questions… How did you start Shedquarters and where did the name come from? We set up the online shop last year after deciding it was the right time to leave London and start our own business. It’s something we had always talked about and had the dream to work for ourselves. We moved to Cambridge and spent some time converting a shed into a studio, which is where …

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Homemakers

Good morning folks, this is my final installment of my Christmas gift guide 2014. This time it’s for homemakers, for everyone who likes to do what I call ‘nesting’, that is, getting the home nice, baking, drinking and entertaining! And let’s face it, that is exactly what we all like to do around Christmas time. I’ve got some lovely things for you today, my favourite is the House of Rym blanket from The Future Kept, perfect for these cold evenings, or also Bodie and Fou‘s Let’s Stay Home rug – the perfect motto for this guide! FOR HOMEMAKERS 1: House of Rym Go Undercover Heavenly Honeycomb Throw, The Future Kept: £59.99 2: Let’s Stay Home rug, Bodie and Fou: £80.00 3: Mako square cushion, Starling Store: £34.00 4: Concrete bookends, Future and Found: £65.00 5: Dipped terracotta mug, Decorator’s Notebook: £12.95 6: Triangles tray, Oelwein: €26.00 7: Beech shopping board, Folklore: £40.00 8: This is for you, Molly Hatch cake server, Anthropologie: £12.00 9: Mr Fitzpatrick’s cordial set, The Foodie Bugle: £7.60 10: Design Letters tea towel, Skandivis: £14.50


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I can’t believe there are only two more weekends in November. Things are definitely starting to feel festive, with plenty of Christmassy, crafty fairs and food markets. It’s also time to fit in all the art exhibitions you haven’t got round to seeing, before they switch up in December and January. So here’s my pick of three things to do this week- get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, an immersive fashion expo at The Photographers’ Gallery and foodie heaven at a unique Supper Club in Farringdon. STOP What: Renegade Craft Fair Where: Old Truman Brewery, London When: 22 + 23 November The Renegade Craft Fair heads across the pond and returns to London. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the fair, ranging from stationery and gift wrap to one-of-a-kind jewellery, illustrated prints and homeware. There will also be workshops such as Prickle Press’ DIY letterpress postcards, a pom pom bauble workshop with Pom Pom Quarterly, plus other crafts hosted by Mollie Makes magazine.  LOOK What: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 …

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Him

Welcome to the second installment of my gift guides for 2014: for the boys. I always find men much harder to buy for than women, so I think I might end up using this guide myself (don’t look male relatives!). I’ve chosen some lovely things for various budgets: for the cyclist (SMUG‘s flask), for the geek (Goodhood Store‘s laptop brush) and for the man who likes to be well groomed (Fig + Yarrow’s scrub from Folklore or SMUG‘s fab moustache grooming kit). Enjoy ladies and gentlemen, and don’t forget to check back for the homemakers guide! FOR HIM 1: Signals print by James Brown, Nook: £35.00 2: Uashmama Lunch Bag, The Future Kept: £42.00 3: Cinematype Alphabet Set, Tom Pigeon: £20.00 4: Fig + Yarrow body scrub, Folklore: £36.50 5: Moustache grooming kit, SMUG: £18.00 6: Military Watch Company, Goodhood Store: £35.00 7: HAY laptop brush, Goodhood Store: £14.00 8: APC jersey sweater, Mr Porter: £120.00 9: Don’t Drink and Ride hip flask, SMUG: £22.00 10: Gloves, Oliver Spencer: £49.00


Styling the Seasons: November

November seems to have come around suddenly, now its dark at about 4 o’clock and all I want to do is hibernate until summer. I do like autumn and winter, brisk dog walks bonfires, woolly hats and all, but I do miss the sunshine and longer days. So with that in mind I’ve styled the cosiest area of the house – the bedroom – for November’s Styling the Seasons. November for me is a bit of a dud month, between my birthday in September, when autumn is still a bit of a novelty, and the excitement of Christmas in December. One of my favourite things to do then (not that the weather is always an excuse..) is have long, lazy lie-ins, and early nights in, with a glowing candle and good book for company. I’ve used accents of orange to give this nook a warming feel, from an old Indian wall hanging to the spiky sticks with orange jewels (anyone know what plant they’re from?). Some soft lighting from a John Lewis lamp and an …

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Her

Christmas seems to have come around super-quick this year, the Oxford Street lights were up at the beginning of November and the Christmas adverts are in full swing. I haven’t really done a gift guide on the blog before, but I thought this year was a good time to start. There’s so many lovely independent shops out there, both on our high streets and online (I’ve tried to stick mainly to independent shops, but I did sneak in an &  Other Stories or Anthropologie here and there, I couldn’t resist those Jane Austen painted books). So I’ve selected a few of my favourite things, which I will be sharing over the coming week: a gift guide for her, for him and for homemakers (after all, this is a design and interiors blog…). Lets start with the ladies, who all deserve a treat or two. There’s a lovely purse from my new favourite shop The Future Kept, some jewellery by my friend Saskia from Frost + Dutch and a tote bag from Oelwein, because, well, everyone needs …


An autumnal Sunday afternoon on Hampstead Heath

Often Sundays can pass by in a blink of an eye, you get up late, have a cooked breakfast that turns into a brunch, lunch, whatever, then end up whiling the afternoon away on the sofa. This weekend we decided to do things a bit differently and headed up to Hampstead Heath for a day of autumnal walking and pub grub. We meandered from Hampstead Heath station, admiring the wagging-tailed dogs and changing colours of the leaves, up to Kenwood House. In all my time in London, I’d never managed to visit before, but boy was it worth it. It’s recently been refurbished by English Heritage – it’s cream facade stands proudly in the gently rolling landscape and inside the newly painted library sings. Kenwood House was once the home of judge Lord Mansfield and his family, including his mixed-race niece Dido Belle (who was recently the subject of, in my opinion, a mediocre film, Belle). It was transformed by the great Scottish architect Robert Adam in the 1760s and 1770s into the fine neoclassical villa seen today. His work …


I wish I lived here: a Berlin apartment styled by New Tendency

Whenever I want a dose of smart, cool, Scandi-inspired interiors, I can always count on Fantastic Frank. This newly renovated home in Berlin is located in a building from the turn of the century, and although it may look like any other modern apartment, there are some surprisingly delightful details, such as the kitchenette made of old airplane storage. I can certainly say I have never seen an airplane kitchen before, but practically speaking it’s very clever, with small compartments all neatly lined up in a row. The rooms of the apartment were styled by Sarah van Peteghem in collaboration with Berlin-based design studio New Tendency, who also designed the yellow, t-shaped ‘Meta’ side table shown. The table, made of powder-coated steel, has horizontal and vertical storage for books and magazines as well as a top that looks delicate and thin or substantial and full depending on the angle you’re looking at. The shelving in the last image is also by New Tendency. Called Shift, it consists of modular elements, which can be easily stacked vertically on top of each other and moved …


Introducing… Starling Store

The lovely Nicola at Starling Store sent me a sneak peek of her new autumn/winter collection last week. In case you didn’t know, Starling Store is an online shop launched in early summer last year. It has a hand picked selection of colourful and contemporary homeware, all curated by founder Nicola Eslick, who spent the last two decades on a long adventure travelling the world, exploring quirky stores in Tokyo, the chicest boutique in New York and the flea markets of Paris (I’m just a little bit jealous…). She now lives in the seaside town of Brighton with an ‘oblique’ sea view (again, jealous). She says of her shop: Starling Store aims to offer a collection for the individual; for when you are searching for something a little bit different, something inspirational. Each and every piece from the collection is hand picked for it’s original design combined with practability and quality. It is our aim to offer products that will enhance our lives and become the heirlooms of tomorrow. For her, inspiration was born out of a …